Editor Display Modes: Distraction Free and Presentation Mode

The editor can be run in several different display modes:

  • Normal mode
  • Distraction Free Mode
  • Presentation Mode

These modes are primarily controlled via the Control Box at the top left of the Markdown Monster Window:

Normal Mode

This is the default configuration which shows the editor with all the toolbars status bars and previewer. This is the most common way most people use the application.

Toggle the Preview Window

Within the normal mode you can also toggle the previewer using the World icon on the Window control box, or using the alt-v-p.

Distraction Free Mode (alt-shift-enter)

Distraction free mode removes the menu, toolbar and status bar and optionally lets you maximize the the Window to full screen so you can just focus on the editor.

Customizing Distraction Free Mode

You can customize how Distraction Free Mode operates by specifying exactly what to hide using a configuration settings in Tools -> Settings:

"DistractionFreeModeHideOptions": "menu,toolbar,statusbar,preview,tabs,maximized,maxwidth:970"

Each of the keywords specifies corresponds to a UI element to hide except for maximized, which if specified causes the window to maximized.

Presentation Mode (F11)

Presentation mode shows only the previewer for the editor removing everything else from the Markdown Monster Window.

Managing Whitespace: MaxWidth

When running on wide monitors it might not be desirable to stretch content across the entire edit area, but rather limit the editor text to a certain text width. You can specify the maxwidth:970 option to specify a maximum pixel width for the text beyond which the editor content area is padded with whitespace.

This makes for a more manageable editing experience on very wide displays and makes distractionfree mode editing more pleasing and easier text easier to read.

For more info see Managing Editor White Space.

© West Wind Technologies, 2019 • Updated: 01/24/19
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